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R.I. leaders address staffing concerns and overcrowding in emergency rooms

PROVIDENCE – As hospitals continue to grapple with a spike in respiratory viruses and overcrowded emergency rooms, state health officials and hospital leaders are...
EARLY PROTECTION: Mary Norwalk gets her flu shot from Matt Lefebvre, pharmacy manager at the CVS store on Hope Street in Providence, while Art Norwalk, Mary’s husband, looks on. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Hospitals start bracing for a busy flu season

The shot clock is ticking. Now is the time of year to get that flu vaccine for it to be most effective, according to an...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health provided updates on its efforts to prepare for the COVID-19 virus and encouraged residents and businesses to engage in healthy practices to prevent both the coronavirus and the seasonal flu.

State says risk from coronavirus still low but urges preparedness

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health issued an update Thursday on the state’s preparedness for the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus, known...

RIDOH: Flu widespread, masks required for unvaccinated health workers

PROVIDENCE – The number of flu cases in Rhode Island has been designated widespread with about 2.7 percent of patient visits at sentinel sites...
INFECTION PREVENTION: Lee Ann Quinn, right, director of infection prevention and control for South County Hospital in South Kingstown, speaks with Kristen Whelan, infection prevention, employee health analyst and flu clinic coordinator.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number of R.I. health workers getting flu shot growing, room for...

Health care workers who engage with patients are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. And if the virus becomes widespread in Rhode Island,...
INFLUENZA IS NO longer widespread in Rhode Island, the R.I. Department of Health reports. / COURTESY RIDOH

RIDOH: Flu no longer widespread in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health has announced flu is no longer widespread in the state, relieving unvaccinated medical personnel from the requirement...
THE CDC reports the current flu vaccine is more than 59 percent effective for children up to eight-years-old against the H3N2 flu virus, the most common strain this season. / COURTESY CDC

Vaccines still recommended as flu season wanes

PROVIDENCE — Flu vaccinations remain your best defense as Rhode Island’s reported influenza-like illnesses continue to wane. Flu-like illnesses comprised of 2.2 percent of all...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott urges Rhode Islanders to consult their doctor before going to the hospital for flu treatment. / COURTESY RIDOH

RIDOH advises most to seek doctor’s visit, not hospital, for flu...

PROVIDENCE, RI — R.I. Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is urging Rhode Islanders to consult their doctor before going to the hospital...
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